Banke Bihari Temple
I met few travelers from the TripAdvisor community in Mathura, and we all went to the famous Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan and joined the never ending line of people in the streets which leads to the temple. Banke Bihari temple is really small and it is impossible for it to accommodate the number of visitors. As a result, there is no space inside the temple and people are literally standing without any gap. Priests were throwing gulaal and colored water from pipes on the devotees.
Since Prem Mandir and ISKON are really close, I decided to visit ISKON again. This time it was more crowded and priests were enchanting bhajans in the corridor as well as in the main temple premises. I never realized how I spent an hour there and wanted to stay more but it was already 9 PM and I had to return to Mathura hence I returned back.
This is a beautiful ghat on the banks of the River Yanuma of Vrindavan. You have to reach this place after crossing a number of lanes which are lined with a number of Krishna Temple and you should take time to visit each one of this for a complete experience. Along this ghat is the famous Vrindavan Temple of Lord Krishna where the best attraction is the evening Aarti and daily kirtan. People come down here from all over the country and even abroad just to listen and witness the divine feeling which you get on hearing the aarti and kirtan songs.
Govinda Dev ji
According to the great Sri Radhanath Swamy, "The Govindji Temple is the most spectacular piece of religious architecture I have ever seen". The temple was built Maharaja Man Singh, a general of Emperor Akbar's army as well as the nephew of Jodha Bai. He was a disciple of Raghunatha Bhatta Goswami. The temple is considered to be one of the best looking temples of North India. The original structure was a huge 7- storey building with a Govindaji idol made of gold, silver and marble. The ceiling of the Garbagriha or main hall is decorated with a heavy, carved lotus which was made at a cost of a few million rupees. Thousands of people worked on this temple for 5 long years and Emperor Akbar himself contributed the red sandstone for this temple. During the 16th century time when the place was ruled by Aurangzeb, this temple was plundered and left to only 3 storeys. It is said the floor of the temple started shaking and the men of Aurangzeb ran away terrified. The idol of Govindaji is now placed in a separate temple behind the main temple whereas the main Govindaji idol is worshipped in Jaipur.
Prem Mandir Vrindavan
Prem Mandir is a fairly new temple and looks marvelous due to the light effects. It is covered in LEDs which keep on changing its colors after every few seconds. The temple is spread across many acres and there is also a water fountain show in the evening which was truly delightful and something which I had never seen before.
Nidhivan Temple Road
Nidhivan is the mystic forest in Vrindavan situated at bank of river Yamuna. Many tales of Lord Krishna are associated with Nidhivan and it is believed that lord still comes here to spread love and happiness around. Gates of Nidhivan are closed after sunset and you should visit this place to recreate tales of almighty god Krishna.
ISKCON is the International Society for Krishna Conciousness and the temple in Bangalore is dedicated to Lord Krishna of course. The temple is situated on a hillock also known as the Hare Krishna Hill. The temple is built in a neo- classical style with typical South Indian temple Gopurams in it. There are 4 gopurams inside the temple which are joined by a glass canopy which looks spectacular. This temple was built to mark the birth anniversary of Sri Prabhupada, the founder of the whole community. The peaceful atmosphere and the continuous chanting of "Hare Rama, Hare Krishna" is extremely soothing. There is also a separate prayer hall, vedic theatre, vedic museum and lecture hall in the temple. There is an average footfall of around 8000- 10000 people everyday and this goes up to 15000 or even more on weekends. The main festival celebrated here is the Krishna Janmashtami.
It was a one day trip near delhi, it took me a 3 hour drive from Delhi to vrindavan. It was a sudden plan and all a very new experience for all of us as it was the first time in life of all four of us to visit there and to explore all the places in vrindavan. The day started on 6 for me and my friend while we were cycling in Delhi suddenly I ask him want to go vrindavan, he replied yes and then I called my other friends they both said yes as there parents allowed them on such a short notice as we called them at 6:30 and we started our journey at 9.We all four totally unknown of that new place sat in car and started this totally great adventure. I was driving the car and we took the yamuna expressway and take the vrindavan exit. It is just 11km from that exit to vrindavan Banke bihari temple the road was fine and the route to temple was mentioned on the signs near the road by the help of which we reached vrindavan exactly in 3 hours from Delhi, we park our car near a govt office, but there a parking is also available but we were the first timers so we were not knowing about it but the car was safe when we returned. So starting from the first place we entered the temple of Banke bihari ji, it was just a 20 min walking distance from the place we park, we purchased prashad and entered the temple what a mesmerizing place was that everyone was standing there and the whole temple was decorated in the manner like there is a birthday party. Then suddenly the doors called as kapat opened and we started looking towards the mannequins of God Krishna and Goddess Radhey and we all were like so blessed as we all saw that view so clearly even in that small crowd too, the scene we saw is known as darshan and it was so beautifully designed in my eyes that I can still feel this view in front of me while typing, after coming out of temple we washed our hands and ate the prashad. Then we take a guide who hasn't demanded for money and saying it as sewa he showed us other places. Starting from the place where meera Bai practiced her poems for God and now at that place many woman stay and pray there devotion to God now, after that he took is to the temple which was built many centuries before by people who worshiped Krishan that place was one the house of Krishan's second father vasudev and mother who gave him teachings and just beside it there was the temple build by the locals. After that place he took us to nidhivan a place where it was said that all the tress in night turn into Krishna and Gopi, and also no one is allowed to stay there after 2000 hrs. It is really a beautiful place and also a shocking one as there no plant was provided water in whole life except the rain and all the branches are dry but all the leaves are green. From that place we leave our guide and gave in some money with our own desire and after that a monkey came and flew away our prashad, so if you are going there please beware of monkeys. After that we went to last stop of our journey that is yamuna river we took a boat there and spend around 1 hour in water and we paid that guy 350 for whole boat and we really enjoyed that 1 hour that was a refreshing point of our journey. After that place we took a rickshaw and he left us near our car and we decided to return. We started to returns at 5 and reached Delhi around 8:30 due to traffic and we went to our homes and it was really a great journey of our life. A non forgettable one.
Madan Mohan Banke Bihari Path
The temple of Madan Mohan is a famous temple in the town of Brindavan and is situated on the Madan Mohan Bankey Bihari Path. Banke Bihari and Madan Mohan are both names by which Lord Krishna is referred to. This is a very nice temple and is right on the banks of the River Yamuna. you can also enjoy boating trips which start from the ghat in front of the temple. The deity which is worshipped inside is he baby form of Krishna who is also called Bala Gopala. This is a 15th Century temple and the name of the founder is still unknown.